West honored at DECA conference
Wausau West High School DECA chapter members earned the organization's highest honors at DECA's 67th annual International Career Development Conference April 24 to 27 in Anaheim, Calif. Brett Strasser, a senior, was the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from National DECA. Morgan Weber, a senior, was a national champion finishing in the top 10 (of more than 350 competitors) in her event, Automotive Marketing Series. Topping it off, Gold Certification was awarded to West High's school store, The West-Side Connection.
During the school year, about 120,000 of DECA's 200,000 student members take part in the organization's competitive events program, allowing them to compete for local and regional titles. The competitions are designed to simulate real-life business scenarios and test students' academic understanding and skills development. The top state and regional winners put their talents to the test during the program's final round of competition in Anaheim. The DECA International Career Development Coference was the pinnacle of competition where nearly 10,000 students vied for international honors. Nearly $500,000 in scholarships and awards were presented to students and teachers for their achievements.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, apply learning, connect to business, and promote competition.
College students make strides
? Ally Voss, Wausau, a senior at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant to Spain for 2013. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
Voss will head to Spain for 9 ½ months to serve as an English teaching assistant within a Spanish school.
"In addition to working directly with students in the classroom, I will also likely serve as a guide in conversation groups and may give talks regarding American culture in schools and community civic organizations," Voss said. "Part of my assignment will be to engage with the community in a project of my choice. I have proposed starting a school or community athletic club such as a running club, or finding other ways to work with recent immigrants to Spain."
? Marissa Reynolds, daughter of Philip Reynolds and Patricia Kraus, both of Wausau, a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, has received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence, the highest award given to graduating students at UW-Oshkosh. In addition, she received the Political Science Department Outstanding Student Award. Marissa has been accepted to the UW-Madison Law School for the fall semester.
? Serena Ugoretz, daughter of David and Terry Ugoretz, Wausau, a junior at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, has been inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, the national Hispanic honor society.
? Marissa Wildeck of Weston was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the honor society for all disciplines. Wildeck is pursuing a degree in civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.